Neighborhood Studios Alumni Spotlight | An Artist in the Real World

2015 | Genesis during the Networking Workshop by Sea Tea Improv hosted at Real Art Ways | Photo by Defining Studios

Background
I first met Genesis at Open Studios Hartford where she was displaying her stunning artwork on the walls of the Colt Gateway Building. The allure of her artwork and the potential for her story to resonate with incoming apprentices is what inspired me to spotlight her as one of our three Neighborhood Studios Alumni. After spending 3 summers with the Artists Collective as a trombonist for the Youth Jazz Orchestra studio, Genesis is now a high school graduate, attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, and continuing to pursue her artistic career. Genesis is a prime example of someone who is willing to break the mold of practicing only ONE artistic discipline. Learn more about how Neighborhood Studios helped her expand her artistic reach in the Greater Hartford Community below.Continue reading →

Have you Heard About the Community Art Center Catalyst Pilot Program?

Have you heard?

The Greater Hartford Arts Council is partnering with five community art centers to help provide quality art experiences in your town! We have been working with these organizations behind the scenes to provide capacity building resources to help strengthen their business practices and impact their communities. Without further ado; our five partners for the Community Art Center Catalyst Pilot Program are:

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Grantee Spotlight: Playhouse on Park

“Passing Strange”, Playhouse on Park, December 2015 | Photo Credit: Rich Wagner

Here at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, our mission includes funding over 150 arts and cultural organizations that help make our community strong and vibrant. That’s why we invest in programs like Neighborhood Studios, our award-winning, nationally recognized summer arts apprenticeship program and organizations that fuel creativity and innovation by awarding grants.

Ignition Grants  fuel the research, design and execution of new strategic plans to support arts and cultural organizations as they strive to create unique and innovative solutions that go beyond “business as usual”—delivering exciting, cutting-edge programs that reflect the creative spirit of our community-and encourage innovation in all aspects of our daily lives.Continue reading →

Neighborhood Studios Alumni Spotlight | An Advocate for the Arts

 

2007 | SNAP! Photography Apprentices

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I began my contact with Lauren through the Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s Master Teaching Artist, Caleb Portfolio. Caleb has been the Master Teaching Artist for SNAP! Photography since Lauren’s first year as an apprentice in 2007. She continued her work with the program as a Teaching Artist Assistant for Caleb in 2009 and 2010. 10 years have passed since Lauren began Neighborhood Studios and she continues to advocate for the program and the impact it has made on her career. Learn more about how Neighborhood Studios helped her land a job in the arts field below.Continue reading →

11 Events in Greater Hartford You Don’t Want to Miss this April!

Sea Tea Improv is hosting the 4th annual Hartford Improv Festival April 6th-9th | Photo via seateaimprov.com

Spring is a very busy time for us at the Greater Hartford Arts Council! We’ve kicked off our 2017 United Arts Campaign with our signature event: Big Red for the Arts. We’ve officially opened the Art Room, designed to combine creative inspiration and corporate team building. We have our eyes set on a summer full of vibrancy and community innovation with Neighborhood Studios and Art on the Streets! Not to mention, we have a collection of Innovation Workshops in the works (our Fundraising Messaging Workshop is scheduled for May 11th). And that’s only the beginning!

Like I said, we’re in the midst of a very busy time!

And the arts and cultural organizations around Greater Hartford are no exception! We’ve curated a collection of events occurring throughout the month of April to give you a dose of the cultural vibrancy of the capital region!Continue reading →

Grantee Spotlight: CREC’s Center for Creative Youth Program

In 2010, an IBM Global CEO study found creativity to be the most important leadership quality. Creativity is also among the top 5 applied skills sought out by business leaders- with 72% stating that creativity is crucial when hiring. Here at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, our mission includes funding over 150 arts and cultural organizations that help make our community strong and vibrant. That’s why we invest in programs like Neighborhood Studios, our award-winning, nationally recognized summer arts apprenticeship program and organizations that fuel creativity and innovation by awarding grants.

Ignition Grants  fuel the research, design and execution of new strategic plans to support arts and cultural organizations as they strive to create unique and innovative solutions that go beyond “business as usual”—delivering exciting, cutting-edge programs that reflect the creative spirit of our community-and encourage innovation in all aspects of our daily lives.Continue reading →

Neighborhood Studios Alumni Spotlight: An Aspiring Film Editor

I came into contact with Atiya through Lindsey Fyfe, Education Coordinator for Real Art Ways and beloved artist of Hartford. Atiya participated in the Eye on Video Neighborhood Studios program during the summer of 2013 and as a teaching assistant during the summer of 2014. Now as a student at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, Atiya reflects on her time as an apprentice and how it helped motivate her to choose the career path of film editing. Read more about how Neighborhood Studios helped Atiya decide how her story would be told below.

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4 More Reasons You’ll Want to Attend Big Red for the Arts: Live Performances

Here at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, we frequently discuss the significance of the relationship between the arts and a healthy well-being. The arts, for example, are “a positive experience in a troubled world,” according to 73% of Americans. The arts even offer healing benefits to medical patients including reduced length of hospital stays, fewer medical visits, and improved recovery time. We explore the science behind the arts and your mind in 7 Ways the Arts Can Benefit your Health. We even award annual Arts & Wellness Grants to support programs and projects that address health issues by utilizing creativity as a tool to enrich lives. We know the Arts are a key ingredient to a happy and healthy life, and we work every day to ensure the arts enhance the vibrancy of the Greater Hartford community.

This year, at Big Red for the Arts (coming to Infinity Music Hall on March 9th), we’re supporting the arts in an entirely new way: through live performance. In our efforts to build bridges among communities and showcase the healing powers of the arts, we’ve curated an impressive lineup you won’t want to miss!Continue reading →

Why the Arts & Humanities are Vital to the Future and Culture of America

Let’s get one thing straight: we need the Arts.

“We” is a relative term that can include your family, your community, or your workplace. It encompasses a group of people with an applicable label of your choosing. In this case, “we” expands past your town, your region, and even your state. “We” is referencing the entire United States of America currently and going forward. And here’s why we need the Arts, and why your support is crucial now more than ever.Continue reading →

February DIY Calendar Challenge

Be honest –  how many times have you saved a DIY on Pinterest only to forget about it months later (don’t worry, we’re all guilty of it)? This February we want to get your creativity flowing, so we put together a calendar of DIYs to channel your inner artist. Studies show that creating art helps improve mindfulness and relieve stress, which is why we’re committing to creating at least one of these tutorials each week. From macaroon bottle cap ornaments to a Valentine’s Day wreath, each day has been given a DIY craft to quench your creativity and help you beat those winter blues. Tutorials and instructions are linked below in the caption of each photo- now get crafting!  Tag your creations with #letsgoarts on Instagram and we’ll reshare. P.S.: follow us on Pinterest for more DIYs!

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